The trouble with maps
In this video slideshow, Curator of Cartography, Megan Barford, takes us through some of the problems of using maps to understand different histories.
Maps are inherently biased and partial as a source. So we must always question what we are seeing and understanding when we look at maps.
You can follow the links to the maps shown in our collections in the See Also section below.
Read an article by Joy Slappnig, (PhD candidate at Royal Holloway University of London), about the collection of stick charts by Europeans, by going to Downloads below.
© National Maritime Museum / author Megan Barford